Month: August 2021

If you are like most Arlington, TX homeowners, you rely on hot water for many daily household tasks. For example, you cannot shower without hot water, wash your hands, clean your home, and wash the dishes. In addition, if you don’t have hot water, certain appliances won’t function at peak capacities, such as your washing machine or dishwasher.

Because a lack of hot water can bring life in your home to a halt, it is essential to recognize the early signs that you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. If you can recognize the signs early, you could prevent a minor issue from becoming a major one that is expensive to repair. Ignoring the signs could result in you needing to replace your existing water heater.

If the water heater in your home is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a plumber specializing in water heater repair immediately.

#1 There Is No Hot Water

A lack of hot water is the most obvious sign that it is time to schedule an appointment for a repair. If you turn the hot water on full blast and it comes out cold, there are a few things you should check before you make the call. The last thing you want is to waste money on a service call.

  • If your water heater is electric, make sure that a circuit hasn’t tripped and there is electricity going to the water heater.
  • If your water heater uses gas, make sure the pilot is lit. In addition, check with a neighbor to ensure there isn’t a widespread outage.
  • If your water heater uses oil, make sure there is oil in the tank, and the pilot is lit.

If everything checks out, it is time to schedule an appointment for a repair. The most common cause is faulty heating elements. If the heating elements aren’t working, the water in the tank won’t stay heated.

#2 Lukewarm Water

If you turn the hot water on full blast, but it only gets lukewarm regardless of how long you allow it to run, you may need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair. Before you make the call, check the setting on the water heater’s thermostat. If it is set any lower than the recommended 120 degrees, adjusting the thermostat could solve the problem.

If the thermostat is set correctly, you should call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. If one of the heating elements is faulty, the second heating element won’t be enough to keep the water hot, causing it to come out lukewarm. There could also be an issue with the thermostat. If the thermostat is broken, the water in the tank won’t reach the desired temperature.

#3 You Are Running Out Of Hot Water Often

There is nothing worse than running out of hot water in the middle of a shower. If you find this is happening often, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair.

There are a few issues that could be causing this problem. The first is your hot water demand. If someone new moved into your home, your hot water demand will increase. The same is true if you recently installed an appliance that relies on hot water, such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. If your hot water demand has increased, your existing water heater may not be large enough to keep up with the demand. This will require you to install a larger water heater or a tankless water heater that provides hot water on demand.

The issue could also be due to reduced space for hot water storage. Over time, sediment can build up in the water tank. When this happens, there will be less room for hot water to be stored, which will cause you to run out of hot water quickly.

The sooner you schedule an appointment for a repair, the sooner you will be able to take a shower without running out of hot water.

#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure

Poor water pressure is a very frustrating issue. If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, you likely have a leak in your waterline or your water main. If it is just the hot water pressure in your Arlington, TX home that is poor, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair. When sediment builds up in the water tank, it can clog the waterlines, causing poor hot water pressure. It is essential that you schedule an appointment for a repair immediately. Poor hot water pressure can be more than making daily household tasks take longer than they should. Without adequate hot water pressure, your dishwasher and washing machine won’t function at peak performance.

#5 Banging Sounds

If you hear something banging or clanging inside the water tank in your home, you should schedule an appointment for a repair immediately.

When large pieces of sediment build up in the water tank, they can bang around the inside of the tank. If you ignore the issue, the sediment can create a crack in the water tank, causing the water inside to flood your home.

It is essential that you schedule an appointment with a plumber specializing in water heaters immediately.

#6 Moisture Around the Water Heater

There should never be any moisture around the water tank in your home. If you see moisture around the tank or water pooling on the floor, you should schedule an appointment for emergency repairs.

The issue could be a broken or disconnected hose, which is a simple fix. However, if you ignore the issue, the moisture can promote mold growth and cause water damage.

If the water is pooling around the water tank, there could be a crack due to large pieces of sediment banging around inside the tank. This is a serious issue and should be checked by a plumber specializing in water heater repair immediately.

Why Choose Tioga Contractors?

If the water heater in your Arlington, TX home is malfunctioning and you need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, call Tioga Contractors. We are a full-serving plumbing company that has been serving customers in the areas since 1953. We are water heater installation and repair professionals and can handle any other plumbing job you have for us. We also offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you have an issue that cannot wait until regular business hours.

To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us a call today.

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At Tioga Contractors, we’re electrical contractors that help families live better together. Our customers in Arlington, TX, and the surrounding Tarrant County area love their new electrical panels and upgraded electrical service. It gives them so many more ways to welcome guests to a home-cooked meal made on the new induction stove, enjoy family events with amazing movies on their home theater system, and play interactive games with friends online while they should be doing homework but someone’s busy in the home office on a videoconference and not checking upon them. Not to mention there’s a new charging station for the EV, 240 Volt power in the garage for the new shop tools, and great lighting and audio out on the patio, with GFCI-protected power outlets for convenience.

Actually, the kitchen is pretty cool too, with a smart screen for chatting and recipe videos, a smart fridge, and plenty of GFCI outlets for appliances or just conveniently charging phones while people chat and taste test the food. As electrical contractors, we can make it all happen, or just get it started with a new electrical panel. So, what got this hypothetical family started on such an important electrical project? It’s like needing more living space at home.

When You Need Rewiring as Well as a New Panel

If you buy a nice appliance with a three-pronged plug and your first thought is, do I use one of those adapter things, or another trick to make it fit in my old two-pronged outlets? then you need to think about rewiring and new outlets. We’ve gone several generations beyond switching to three-pronged grounded outlets, now using special child-resistant outlets that only take plugs, not knives and forks. By the way, if you’re replacing an old outlet with a three-pronged one, because that’s what the store has, you’re telling people that the outlet is now grounded. Is it? Can they rely on the safety of the ground? There really needs to be a ground wire connected or another acceptable solution that gives you the right protection.

When you have electrical contractors rewire your home, you make sure that the power capacity matches the wire, so everything stays safe. You also replace old-style wires that may not be right for you anymore. That includes aluminum wiring, which was a fine idea in its time but presents so many problems it’s worth replacing with copper. We probably don’t need to talk about “knob and tube” since that’s not really common around here, but some people still have that quaint and functional but oh-so ancient stuff behind their walls and in their attics, fascinating to look at.

Going Beyond Outlet Count and Light Switches

New construction requires plenty of outlets in each room, about six feet apart, in part to ensure that there’s little need for extension cords. In some rooms like home offices and teenagers’ rooms, those should probably be quad outlets with other accommodations for power access and even network and cable TV connections. If you’re going all out with a home theater system and aren’t using a rack and PDU (power distribution unit), our team can put their commercial experience to work for you and provide ample power access convenient to your equipment. Don’t forget that our wiring experts can also run other wiring professionally and to code including network and audiovisual connections.

Working with your electrician, you can create a renovation or multi-step plan to renew your home and take advantage of new electrical possibilities. For lighting, things get a little bit more complex these days, with different types of dimmers available depending on the type of lights you’re using, plus remotely controlled smart switches and smart lights. One big plus with modern LED lighting is there’s less concern about heat when installing recessed lighting, providing lots of great options for interior design.

Replacing Old Fuse Boxes and Breaker Panels

The heart of an electrical makeover for your home is having your electrical contractors install a solid, standardized breaker panel to replace your fuse box and even certain types of circuit breaker installations from years ago that have been determined to be unreliable. Our electrical contractors can inspect your installation and let you know if a replacement is a good idea. If you have older equipment like these, you probably have a lower capacity connection to the power company, which is worth thinking about as well, especially if you’ve got higher-current equipment on your mind including EV charging stations. Modernizing your breaker panel and electric service together is an important way to step up your home’s electrical possibilities for the future, too.

Extending Your Capacity with a Sub Panel

If you’re already expanding, running power to your garage or outbuildings, building an addition on your house or otherwise adding a bunch of electrical capacity, a sub-panel is sometimes a good option, adding on your main breaker box with a smaller one. Your electrical contractors can tell you whether expanding your current box is a better option for you or adding a sub-panel. One thing to bear in mind is that leaving extra room for future circuits is an important part of breaker box upgrades. With a few blank spots at the bottom, adding a new kitchen circuit or power for your woodworking shop is a quick matter of running the wire and installing the breaker, assuming your electrical service has the capacity. Your electrical contractors can help you plan ahead.

Electrical Contractors for Your Family’s Lifestyle in Arlington, TX

Safety is an important reason to have electrical contractors provide adequate modern power access in your home. It’s also about your lifestyle, and easily using the gadgets and adding the features that your family enjoys, from computer equipment to smart lighting, a professional home office, home theater, and smart kitchen. Call Tioga Contractors to get started on your home in Arlington, TX.

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If you’re anticipating plumbing work, you’re probably thinking about the stories you’ve heard from your family and others, detailing the old-school ways of finding leaks, replacing sewer lines, and clearing drains. Messy and very hands-on methods are being replaced by technology and new materials that have made plumbers’ lives much easier in some ways, and so have allowed plumbing service work to be less disruptive for homeowners. At Tioga Contractors, we serve Irving, TX and the surrounding area with a great team of plumbers who train hard on the old school methods and traditional plumbing detective work, and also understand and use new technologies that make some of the toughest plumbing service jobs a lot easier and less messy. Those old plumbing service stories are great to hear because modern plumbing stories are often much less dramatic.

Homing in On Trouble with Modern Leak Detection

While we don’t yet have X-ray vision that will let us see leaks in your walls, but our plumbing service does have technologies that allow us to narrow down the source considerably, so we don’t have to make so many cuts in the wall, floor, or even concrete to try to locate the leak. In the past, hunting down a leak was a tough process, but damage from a leak can be extensive and involve mold and other hazards, so it’s important to find the source and take care of it. Doubling the challenge is the fact that water often pools in the walls, run along pipes, and has other ways of traveling before it appears as a damp area on the wall or ceiling, concealing the actual source. Modern leak detection plumbing service procedures include devices that listen for the sound of water under pressure leaking out of a pipe and calculate the distance from the device sensor to the problem. These are a huge help for leaks under the concrete slab, as you can imagine. Our plumbing service team also uses video inspection gear for both water supply leaks and drain leaks, checking the condition of the pipe so we can tell what kind of leak it is, from damage or corrosion, and whether there are likely to be more leaks in that or similar pipes.

Making Your Pipes Clean on the Inside with Drain Cleaning

Video inspection gear is also part of our drain cleaning process, both when we respond to a drain clog or backup and when we perform a whole-house drain cleaning plumbing service. For the single-clog service, we can identify the cause of the clog and deploy the appropriate countermeasures, including mechanical methods that break up the clog and let it head down the pipe and high-pressure hydro-jetting that uses thousands of PSI to pressure wash the insides of your pipe and break the clog-free, washing it down the pipe and providing plenty of water to keep it moving. Many clogs arise from not enough water to keep the pipes clear, especially the horizontal runs of drain pipes which should be slightly tilted to encourage drainage, but sometimes that’s not enough. With our techniques, we can discover both the clogs that result when someone drops something in the sink drain, shower, or toilet and those that have been building further down the line. When we use this combination of methods as part of a whole-house drain cleaning, we not only clear existing debris that’s slowing your drains, we clean out potential clogs in the making before they cause problems.

Pipe Replacement and Repiping

Pipe replacement is more complex than it might seem because the materials and joining techniques are critical for success. One common problem in the past, before the use of plastic pipes, is the interaction of dissimilar metals not only between pipes but any metals that come in contact with the pipes such as hangers and fasteners. Between certain metals, a chemical reaction occurs that produces corrosion, resulting in unexpected leaks down the road. The methods of soldering, gluing, and tightening plumbing joints, especially in tight spaces, have always been a challenge, and many innovations are making it easier to do a top-quality job when we replace a damaged or corroded pipe or joint. After decades of service, most pipe materials degrade, some faster than others such as certain plastic types and metals subject to accelerated corrosion from hard water. When it looks like there is a risk of multiple leaks and other problems arising from the corrosion, we advise repiping, which is becoming a common service as homes from earlier building booms age. New technologies make this a more straightforward practice, too.

Water-Saving and Convenient Modern Fixtures

Many homeowners who decide to repipe their homes also upgrade their fixtures at the same time and are surprised at all the advantages new higher-pressure but lower-flow showerheads and toilet mechanisms offer. Sink faucets include ceramic washers to reduce leaking and easy or even automatic controls.

Sewer and Water Line Repair Options

One of the biggest concerns for homeowners is the cost and disruption should the sewer line or water supply line crossing their yard need servicing. In the past, problems usually meant pipe replacement, with a trench dug across the yard, pavement cuts to access the city line, and other disruptions. Now, “trenchless” techniques allow patching or relining sewer pipes and similar repairs to water lines, based on video inspection results.

Your Advanced Professional Plumbers Serving the Irving, TX Area

We’re glad to share the news that today’s plumbing service methods are not as invasive as those of the past. We also have many new plumbing techniques that happen behind the scenes to make our work more efficient and effective. At Tioga Contractors, we’re always advancing our professional standards to provide our customers in Irving, TX, and beyond with the best plumbing service. Give us a call and find out what we can do for you.

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As a homeowner, the urge to literally take matters into your hands and fix things around your house on your own can be quite compulsive, and it is absolutely understandable. However, there are limitations in some areas. For instance, when it comes to electrical installations and repairs, you should keep off and call an expert who fully understands what needs to be done. In fact, this is a legal requirement in some instances, and therefore, unless you are a properly trained and licensed electrician, trying to handle some electrical work in your house could land you in trouble. Therefore, when you have an electrical fault in your Bedford, TX home, or you have electrical equipment that needs to be installed, you need to call a professional electrical services provider, such as Tioga Contractors. Below is a rundown reason you should never attempt DIY electrical work.

Safety Concerns

This is one of the most obvious reasons you should never try to fix electrical issues on your own. Without experience, you will be putting yourself and your family at risk of electrocution. Incorrect electrical wiring can also put your house at the risk of catching fire. This can consequently hurt your family and lead to extensive property damages. On the other hand, professional electrical services providers have many years of training and experience, and they have what it takes to get the job done in the safest way possible. In other words, professionals are conversant with the various electrical issues, and they have the necessary equipment and technical know-how to handle any electrical issue in your house without putting themselves, your family, and your property in danger.

It Could Be Illegal

Electrical repairs and installation jobs are quite technical and dangerous, and therefore, they are strictly regulated by local authorities. For this reason, people have to undergo many years of education and on-the-job training to be allowed to carry out some electrical jobs. It is only after passing some tests that professional electricians receive the licenses that allow them to operate. Professionals also continue to be assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are up-to-date with the most recent building codes and regulations. Therefore, unless you are a licensed professional electrical services provider, then trying DIY electrical work even in your house could be illegal, and it can potentially get you in trouble.

It Could Be More Costly

While there are some people to attempt DIY projects to pass time, there are those whose objective is to save money. However, given the sensitivity of your electrical system, trying to do electrical work on your own could prove to be more costly than you thought. For instance, if you make a mistake and hurt yourself in the process, the cost of seeking medical treatment could even exceed what you would have paid a professional electrical service provider. Similarly, if you don’t fix your electrical issue correctly, you might put your electronics at the risk of getting damaged. If your electrical and electronic items are damaged, you might end up spending thousands of dollars on repairs and replacements.

It Is Not Covered by Home Insurance

If you have home insurance, you should be protected against financial losses that might occur due to electrical faults. The insurance should also cover the cost of electrical repairs. However, things are not always this straightforward. For an insurance cover to help you in such situations, all the electrical works in your house must have been done by a professional. Therefore, if you decide to do electrical repairs on your own or call a friend who is not a professional electrical services provider to assist you, you will be giving your insurance company a ground for rejecting your claims. Therefore, no matter how minor an electrical issue might seem, you should avoid trying to solve it on your own. You need a licensed electrician to fix it if you expect your insurance company to cover the cost.

No Warranty

In some cases, electrical installations and repairs can be quite costly, and therefore, you do not want to deal with the issue you have just paid a lot of money to fix in the near future. Unfortunately, when you decide to handle an electrical issue without involving an electrician, there is no guarantee that you will not need to deal with it the following day or the following week. On the other hand, professionals have a reputation to protect, and they want to ensure that their clients are 100% certified. Besides, they are conversant with various electrical issues, and they know what needs to be done to decisively fix the electrical issue you are facing. Most importantly, professional electrical services offer warranty for qualified electrical services to ensure that you do not have to pay for future repairs that may be necessary as a result of poor workmanship.

The Bottom Line

Overall, it is apparent that if you have an electrical issue in your home, you should never attempt to fix it on your own. This is because doing so could be illegal, and it can even put your life and your property in danger. Therefore, you need to get in touch with a professional electrical services provider who can help you with all your electrical issues. Licensed professionals have undergone rigorous training, and they understand what to do to fix any electrical issue properly. If you are looking for a reliable electrical services provider in Bedford, TX, Tioga Contractors is an excellent electrical company to consider. We have been doing this job for many years, and you can trust our experience to efficiently fix the electrical issue you could be facing. Feel free to contact us today for more information about our company and electrical services.

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While you can shrug off a cold or lukewarm shower every once in a while, especially during summer, water heaters are the winter heroes. A hot bath or shower always does the trick when hot drinks and warm clothing cannot keep your body warm. Water heater problems can bring the comfort of your home to a frustrating halt, particularly when you use hot water to clean, cook, bath, and run other appliances.

Identifying and addressing common water heater problems is a handy skill for every homeowner. Carrying out a water heater repair on time helps prevent damage to home appliances and costly replacements.

In this post, we look at some of the most common water heater problems homeowners complain of.


This is arguably the most common water heater problem. Naturally, the water will corrode the water heater tank or its components, causing microscopic cracks. If the leak appears to be from the top of your water heater, this may be a sign of a loose connection. Check to ensure that the cold water inlet and hot water outlet are tight.

If the leak is from the bottom of the tank, it may be coming from the drain valve. With an electric water heater, the leak could be from the heating element gasket.

Whichever the cause of your leak, consult a water heater repair professional. They will know other problems to look out for and also advise you on whether you need to replace your unit.

Lack of Enough Hot Water

This is a common problem for apartment dwellers and households with a large number of people. In such cases, the water heater may be struggling to meet the demand leading to insufficient hot water. Other causes of inadequate hot water are poor water heater maintenance, crossed connections, and frozen pipes. Also, the unit may have outlived its shelf life.

If the unit does not produce hot water at all, the circuit breaker may have tripped, or, in the case of an electric unit, the heating element could fail. A water heater repair professional will assess whether your unit is properly sized and address any heating element or thermostat problems.

Dusty or Rusty-Colored Water

The most common cause of discolored water from your water heater is a corroded anode rod. The anode rod is also referred to as the ‘sacrificial rod’ as it is made up of easily corroded material. It is placed in water heater tanks so that it can draw corrosion-causing elements to itself rather than the tank. Normally, an anode rod should last four to five years.

If the water is still discolored after replacing the anode rod, it could be due to sediment build-up in your unit. Bedford, TX, has rather hard water, which is the leading cause of scale build-up. This explains why most water heater companies recommend that homeowners install water softeners.

Smelly Hot Water

Stinky water from your water heater tank is due mainly to the accumulation of bacteria in the tank. Homeowners using well water are more likely to experience this problem quite often. Flushing the water heater tank once in a while may temporarily take care of the problem, but the main problem could be a worn anode rod.

Your water heater repair contractor may recommend that you replace it with a powered anode rod as it will get rid of any lingering smells and last longer. If the odor is powerful, the problem may be the gas line. In that case, turn off your unit and call your preferred water heater repair and gas utility company. Vacate the property until the problem is solved.

Inconsistent Water Temperatures

Drastic temperature changes when you are taking a shower or doing the dishes could be a sign of a severe problem and should not be taken lightly. Check the unit’s thermostat and ensure it is set to your preferred temperature. If the problem persists, you may be dealing with a failed thermostat or heating element. The problem could also be due to an improperly sized unit.

Noises from Your Water Heater

Unusual noises such as banging, hissing, knocking, or popping sounds from your water heater may be due to malfunctioned components or excessive sediment build-up. Flushing your water heater once every year should take care of the latter. If you have flushed your unit and tightened any loose connections, but the noise persists, contact a water heater repair professional immediately.

Low Pressure

The water pressure that comes from your unit should be the same as the amount of pressure getting into it. If you start experiencing low-pressure problems, it may be due to any of the following reasons:

  • Incorrectly sized supply lines – This is especially the case in older homes with the standard ½” plumbing that was used in the past. The only way this can be solved is through re-piping.
  • A partially closed shut-off valve – If your unit’s shut-off valve is closed partially, the water flow will be restricted. This causes a drop in pressure on all hot water outlets.
  • Kinked intake or outtake lines – This is particularly the case for tank-type units that have accordion-style copper pipes. Because of their structure, they could become kinked or too sharply bent, thus restricting water flow.

While you could try to troubleshoot the cause of reduced water pressure, consult a water heater repair professional for the actual fix.

The Water Takes Too Long to Heat

You can avoid most of these issues through regular water heater repair and annual maintenance. For example, flushing out the unit once every year prevents excessive sediment build-up. Replacing the anode rods on your traditional tank every few years also ensures that the unit stays in optimum shape.

Often than not, despite proper maintenance of your unit, you may find yourself in need of water heater repair services. In such instances, get in touch with our Bedford, TX professionals. At Tioga Contractors, we offer round-the-clock plumbing services to ensure you experience convenience and comfort. Get in touch with us today for more information about our services.

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You rely on every appliance in your home to make your life easier and more convenient. Although every appliance in your home is essential for making your life easier, some appliances are more essential than others, and your water heater is one of them. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly, you won’t have clean, hot water for showering, cleaning, and other daily tasks. In addition, the appliances that need hot water, such as the washing machine or dishwasher, won’t function properly.

The best way to prevent a complete water heater breakdown is to recognize the signs you need water heater repair early. If you can detect the problem early, you can prevent a minor issue from becoming a major one that could require a water heater replacement.

#1 No Hot Water

If you aren’t getting any hot water in your home, it is a sure-fire sign that you need to schedule an appointment for a repair. Before you waste money on an unnecessary service call, there are a few things you should check. If your water heater uses gas or oil, make sure the pilot is lit. Also, make sure you have oil in your tank or that there isn’t a widespread gas outage and your bills have been paid. If your water heater runs on electricity, make sure the circuit hasn’t tripped, and there is power going to the water heater.

If everything checks out, call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. There is likely an issue with the heating elements that are responsible for keeping the water in the tank hot. There could also be a problem with the thermostat. When you schedule an appointment for a repair, the plumber will inspect the unit and make the necessary repair.

#2 Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough

If you turn on the hot water in your Irving, TX home on full-blast, and it won’t get any hotter than lukewarm, you may need to schedule an appointment for a repair. Before you make the call, check the water heater’s thermostat. It is recommended that you keep it set to 120 degrees. This is hot enough for daily tasks and for your appliances to function properly, and not too hot that your family will be scaled when using the hot water.

If the thermostat is set properly, you should schedule an appointment for a repair. There could be an issue with one of the heating elements, and the remaining heating element won’t have enough power to keep the water in the tank at 120 degrees. The issue could also be due to a broken thermostat.

A plumber specializing in water heater repair will be able to figure out why your water isn’t getting hot enough so they can make the necessary repair.

#3 Running Out Of Hot Water Quickly

There isn’t much that can ruin your day more than running out of hot water in the middle of a shower. If you find that this is frequently happening, there is a problem with your water heater.

The issue could be due to the size of the water heater in your home. If someone new has moved into your home, or if you recently installed a washing machine or dishwasher, your hot water demand will increase. If your water heater isn’t large enough to handle your hot water demand, you will continue running out of hot water. This issue would require you to replace your water heater with a larger one or a tankless water heater that provides hot water on-demand.

If your hot water demand hasn’t changed, you should schedule an appointment for a repair. When sediment builds up in the tank, there won’t be as much space for hot water storage, causing you to run out of hot water often. A plumber specializing in water heater repair can inspect the water heater to determine if the issue can be repaired or if it is best to have it replaced.

#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure

Poor water pressure can be frustrating. Without adequate water pressure, simple tasks can take longer than they should.

If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, you could have a leak in the waterline or the water main that should be repaired immediately. If just the hot water pressure is poor, you should schedule an appointment for a repair.

When sediment builds up in the water tank, it can clog the water lines, weakening the water pressure. A plumber specializing in water heater repair can inspect the water heater and clear the waterline if possible. If there is too much sediment build-up, a water heater replacement may be necessary.

#5 Banging Sounds Coming From the Water Heater

If the water heater in your Irving, TX home is functioning properly, you shouldn’t hear anything more than a quiet humming. If you hear strange sounds, such as banging, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair immediately.

When large pieces of sediment build up in the tank, they can bang against the inside of the water tank. If the pieces of sediment are large enough to create a banging sound, they are large enough to crack your water tank, causing the water inside to flood your home. Because this can be severely damaging to your home, it is best to call a plumber specializing in water heaters immediately.

#6 Moisture Around the Water Tank

There should never be any moisture around your water tank. If there is, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair right away. The issue could be something simple like a broken or disconnected hose. This is an easy fix, but if you don’t have the issue repaired, the moisture can cause water damage and promote mold growth. It is best to get a plumber specializing in water heaters to your home as quickly as possible to make the necessary repair.

If there is water pooling around the water tank, there is likely a crack, and a water heater replacement will be necessary.

Why Choose Tioga Contractors?

If you have issues with the water heater in your Irving, TX home and need to schedule an appointment for water heater repair, schedule an appointment with Tioga Contractors. We have been serving customers in the area since 1953, and water heaters are our specialty.

To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other plumbing service, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.

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People often do not realize how important water heaters are until they stop working. Most people like to take a hot shower after a tiring day but when your water heater is faulty you might get a lukewarm shower at best or the hot water will stop mid-shower. If your water heater is not functioning correctly then it can make your life very inconvenient. Tioga Contractors in Arlington, TX are experts in water heater repairs and want you to enjoy hot water all the time. There are some common problems that can cause your water heater to be faulty and each of these problems is a solution that a competent plumber can implement for you. Here are some common problems that would require you to hire a plumber.

1. Old water heaters

Most things in this world have a shelf life and some have longer shelf lives than others. Your water heater is no exception. Once your water heater becomes too old it will not be able to heat the water or it might not heat up enough water or the water is not warm enough. If your water heater is displaying any of these signs then it might be time to replace your old water heater with a newer one that had added features and better technology. It is best to contact your plumber regarding water heater repairs or replacements. Sometimes a component has failed and it would be best to replace the component. Your plumber will be able to inspect your water heater and decide which course of action would be the best for your budget and future plans. Newer water heaters are designed to conserve water and energy thus decreasing your utility bill in the long run.

2. Leaky water tank

Leaks are prevalent when it comes to plumbing systems and components. If there is a leak in the water tank of the water heater then all the hot water will be lost and your water heater will not be able to produce enough hot water for your needs. There is a wide range of things that can cause your water heater to leak such as improper water pressure or a value that is stuck. It is important to hire a professional plumber to inspect your water heater if you suspect that there is a leak. They will be able to identify the cause of the leak as well as repair the leak for you so that you do not have to consult with hundreds of do-it-yourself guides to fix the problem yourself. Tioga Contractors in Arlington, TX provide excellent water heater repairs as well as other plumbing solutions to make sure that your plumbing system is fully functional.

3. Discolored water

It is a known fact that clean water does not have color so it can come as quite a shock when you are showering and the water suddenly turns red or brown. Discolored water is a symptom of a rusty water tank. Water heaters are designed not to corrode so thus you should hire a plumber to carry out water heater repairs. The anode rod is responsible for the prevention of rust developing on the inner lining of your water heater. A plumber will have to inspect your tank to determine whether the anode rod can be replaced or whether the whole water heater should be replaced. It is best to hire a professional to conduct water heater repairs because it can be a time-consuming and tiring process if you do not know what you are doing.

4. Strange noises

Your water heater should be silent when it is heating up water. If you hear strange noises coming from your water heater then it is time for water heater repairs. Water contains different minerals that can build up in your water heater. If sediment builds up then it can cause strange noises to escape from your water heater. If you suspect that this is the case then it is best to hire a professional to inspect your water heater. Sediment build-up can easily be removed using the right tools and methods thus it is best to leave it up to trained professionals. It could be costly if you accidentally punctured the water heater while trying to remove the sediment build-up.

5. Water temperature

There are a few things that can go wrong with the regulation of the water temperature. A water heater is supposed to heat up the water but if the water is cold then there can be a few causes for that. If the water is cold, the water heater might not be receiving enough energy to heat the water. The thermostat or heating element could also be faulty. You could try and inspect the water heater yourself to identify the problem or you could hire Tioga Contractors to conduct the inspection and the water heater repairs. The second temperature-related problem is that the water is warm but not hot enough. If this is the case then your water heater might be too small for the amount of hot water that you need to live comfortably. It might be good to contact a professional for advice on upgrading to a larger water heater. The third temperature-related problem is that the water is too hot. This means that the thermostat was set too high and you can easily set it lower if you follow the water heaters instruction manual.

After reading more about the common water heater problems, it is easy to see why a professional should be contacted to conduct water heater repairs. Tioga Contractors provide a wide range of services including water heater repairs so that you will never be left with faulty plumbing.

Call Tioga Contractors in Arlington, TX today for all your plumbing needs.

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All homeowners want to save money on their plumbing and other expenses at home. One of the most effective ways to do this is by investing in appliances or plumbing systems that let you save energy and conserve water.

Read this article to know the benefits of installing efficient water heaters in your homes. They are a great investment for their long-term value. For installation, ensure that you only hire a licensed plumber in Bedford, TX.

Types of Water Heaters

You can choose from a variety of water heaters. However, it’s best to speak with a plumber to know what brand of water heater you should buy for your home.

Electric heaters are very common and easy to install. Natural gas heaters are similar to electric ones, but they tend to heat faster than electric models. Tankless water heaters eliminate the need to constantly heat water, while solar water heaters tend to be the most efficient as they rely on the sun for energy. For installation, though, we recommend that you hire a licensed plumbing company in Bedford, TX to ensure the proper installation of your heater.

Speak with a professional if you’re thinking about upgrading to an energy-efficient water heater. They can help you choose the best heater and properly install them in your home.

Benefits of Energy-Efficient Water Heaters

Below are some of the advantages when you upgrade to an energy-efficient model. Call Tioga Contractors if you’re thinking about installing one in your home.


You can save about 15-20% less energy by upgrading to an energy-efficient water heater. This can really add up to significant savings for you. How much you get to save per month depends on the size of your family, the location of the water heater, and where your pipes are placed. In some cases, you may also get a rebate from your utility company when you upgrade to an energy-efficient water heater. For the installation, ensure that you only hire a licensed plumber.

Low Maintenance

Compared to conventional water heaters, the high-efficient models need less maintenance. This is because advanced technology was used to manufacture these types of heaters. You also get to save money by calling a plumbing company for the maintenance of your water heater.

If you’re the type of homeowner who doesn’t want to be bothered doing maintenance, then we recommend that you consider an energy-efficient water heater for your home. For installation, make sure that you only hire a licensed and experienced professional.


Because these types of heaters use less energy, that means that you are also helping the environment. Energy-efficient water heaters produce fewer greenhouse emissions and are also made with recycled parts. They are a good option if you’re thinking about upgrading to a smart home. For installation, only work with a licensed plumber.

Reduces Water Damage

Water damage can cost you a fortune in repairs and replacements. You can avoid this when you consider installing an efficient tankless water heater for your home. Then, you’ll never have to worry about flooding in your home again.

We suggest that you still periodically check your plumbing, especially the pipes, and fix leaks as soon as possible to avoid other water issues. Consider installing a leak detection system, too, as they are quite effective in detecting leaks in your plumbing. Speak with a plumber today for assistance.

Increases the Value of your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home or planning to renovate it soon? Installing tankless water heaters that are also efficient can increase the value of your home to about 4 percent. It can also help you sell your home faster. This is because families know the long-term value of having efficient water heaters in their homes. They are also important to homeowners who prioritize sustainability. To install these water heaters, ensure that you only work with a licensed professional near you.

How to Choose the Best Water Heater for your Home

Upgrading to an energy-efficient water heater can save you more money every month. However, you do need to choose the best water heater that will give you the best benefit. You need to also keep in mind that the cost of these heaters is higher than the conventional ones, but you do get to save more in the long run. They also last longer compared to the traditional heater.

Our plumbers are Tioga Contractors, are now just skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to water heaters. Call us to talk about your needs as a homeowner, and then we can recommend the best water heater for your home.

Consider a Tankless Water Heater

Compared to the tank-type water heater, you don’t need to constantly heat the water when upgrading to the tankless version. Also, you won’t need a bigger space for the tankless heater as there are models that you can place on the wall. So long as you have the correct size for your family, you won’t ever run out of hot water with the tankless type. Speak with a plumber to help you make an informed decision on what tankless water heater to invest in for your home.

Call Tioga Contractors for Water Heater Installation

Are you planning to get a water heater upgrade for your home? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with a reliable plumber in Bedford, TX. That’s where Tioga Contractors come in. All of our plumbers are certified, licensed, highly experienced, and skilled professionals. We can work with any water heater — whether you prefer to install tank-type or tankless water heaters. Call us today, and we’ll quickly dispatch a technician to your home and help you with repairs, maintenance, or installations. Get in touch with us today for an appointment.

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As a homeowner, it is up to you to cover the cost and handle home repairs. Many homeowners will attempt to make the repairs themselves to save the money to hire a professional. Some enjoy DIY projects for the feeling of satisfaction they get when they complete the job. Although plenty of home repair projects are great DIY projects, plumbing issues are an exception. Other than plunging the toilet or the sink, plumbing repairs should be left to a professional. It takes just one small mistake to make the issue worse. If you are experiencing any of the following issues in your Hurst, TX home, it is best to call a plumber.

#1 Slow Or Clogged Drains

Slow or clogged drains can be a very inconvenient problem. If a drain in your home is not functioning properly and a plunger isn’t helping, you should call a licensed plumber. You may be tempted to use a liquid drain cleaner to save money; however, these products aren’t always effective. There is no guarantee that the drain cleaner will remove the entire clog, resulting in drain issues again in the future. Also, these products contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to the pipes.

When you hire a plumbing professional to remove the clog, you can ensure that the entire clog will be removed safely.

#2 Poor Water Pressure

Poor water pressure is a frustrating issue. Without adequate water pressure, simple tasks like washing your hair and doing the dishes will take longer than they should. In addition, your water-based appliances won’t function at peak performance if the water pressure is poor.

If the water pressure in your home is poor, it is best to call a licensed plumbing company immediately. The issue could be something simple like a clogged aerator. However, there could also be a leak in the waterline, which can cause serious water damage and mold growth in the area. In addition, the leak will cause your water bill to increase rapidly. A licensed plumbing professional will be able to find the source of the leak so that it can be repaired. When the plumber is done, you will have adequate water pressure again.

#3 Water Heater Issues

The water heater in your home is one of the most essential appliances. Without a properly functioning water heater, daily household tasks can be difficult and even impossible. In addition, your appliances that require hot water, such as your washing machine or water heater, won’t function properly. If your water heater is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a plumbing service right away.

  • No hot water
  • Lukewarm water
  • Not enough hot water
  • Discolored hot water
  • Foul-smelling hot water
  • Strange sounds coming from the water heater
  • Moisture or leaks around the water heater

The longer you wait to call a plumber, the worse the problem will become. If you ignore the issue for too long, a water heater repair could be impossible, and you will need to have it replaced.

#4 Dripping Faucet

Many homeowners in Hurst, TX, don’t worry too much when they have a dripping faucet. Unfortunately, ignoring the issue can be problematic. If your faucet is dripping, it is a sign of an issue with the faucet’s mechanics. If you don’t have a plumber repair the issue, the dripping could escalate to a steady stream of water that cannot be turned off. Also, a dripping faucet wastes more water than you might think. If your faucet drips one drop per second, you can waste 11 gallons of water per day and up to 330 gallons of water per month. This amount of wasted water can cause a significant increase in your water bill.

If a faucet in your home is dripping, it is best to call a licensed plumber immediately. Not only will the faucet be repaired, but you can prevent a higher than average water bill.

#5 Running Toilet

If the toilet in your home is functioning properly, it will run after you flush. When the toilet tank is full, it should stop running. If your toilet continues to run even after the tank is full, you should call a licensed plumbing service. There are a few issues that could be causing the problem:

  • The flapper is leaking and needs to be replaced
  • The float height needs an adjustment
  • The refill tube is too long and needs to be shortened
  • The tank’s seal is failing
  • Your toilet is very old and has reached its maximum lifespan.

A running toilet should never be ignored. If you think a dripping faucet wastes a lot of water, you will be surprised by the amount of water wasted by a running toilet. In just one day, your toilet can waste up to 30 gallons of water. This equals around 900 gallons of wasted water per month, which will cause a major spike in your water bill. It is best to call a plumber as soon as the problem begins.

#6 Frozen Pipes

Winter temperatures in Hurst, TX, are relatively mild, which is why many homeowners don’t invest in heated tape for their pipes. It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop below freezing at night, which can cause frozen pipes, which is a very serious issue. When your pipes freeze, you won’t get any water from the faucets and showerheads. In addition, frozen pipes can cause a major flood in your home. When the water freezes, it expands, which can cause the pipes to burst. A plumber will be able to thaw out the pipes quickly and safely. They will also inspect the pipes to ensure they have not been damaged.

Why Choose Tioga Contractors?

If you have a plumbing issue in your home and need to call a licensed plumber, contact Tioga Contractors. We have been serving customers in the area since 1953, and over the years, we have earned an excellent reputation in the community.

We want you to feel safe when our technicians are in your home, which is why they must pass a drug test and a background check before they are hired. Our techs will arrive at your home with a fully stocked truck, which allows them to make most repairs the same day.

We have been in the business long enough to know that plumbing issues often occur at the most inconvenient times, which is why we offer emergency plumbing service. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can handle any issue you have.

To schedule an appointment, give us at Tioga Contractors a call today.

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The water coming into your Bedford, TX, home travels through pipes, and it could be warm or cold, depending on the time of the year, whether during summer or winter. Usually, water inside the storage tanks is heated by the scorching sun or cooled by the snow that’s accumulated around the tanks. To have consistent hot water flowing out from your showerhead or to your dishwasher without depending on the state of the weather outside, you need to have a water heater.

Understanding the accessories that make up your water heater is necessary because it lets you know when to look for a plumber to troubleshoot the problems. Additionally, when you understand how the water heater in your home works, you can ascertain how much you expect to pay at the end of every month.

An average water heater uses about 4000 watts of electricity per day, and any fluctuation beyond this could be an indicator of a defect. Regular water heater repair and maintenance solutions are crucial since they help lengthen the appliance’s lifespan beyond the ten-year average.

Therefore, you should ensure a plumber checks your water heater often. Continue reading to find out the components that make up the water heater and the associated problems that could need a water heater expert.

Water Tank

The water tank is the largest component of your water heater. It’s a metallic cylinder whose inner shell is made of a protective liner that holds about 40 to 60 gallons of water, depending on the size. The tank’s exterior has an insulating material, usually a polyurethane foam, which is then coated by a decorative outer shell, and in some cases, an additional insulating blanket. Water enters the tank through the dip tubes and goes to the bottom where it is heated before rising to the top through convection from where it can flow to the shower or dishwasher.

The water tank is prone to damage by the minerals in the water which build up over time, creating a barrier between the burner and the tank. It means less heat reaches the water, and you may experience cold showers while your heater is on. Having technicians conduct water heater repair and maintenance will help avert this problem. The professional you get should be able to clean the tank comprehensively, removing all the impurities inside.

The Burner and Assembly

The burner is present in gas water heaters. It’s usually located underneath the tank, and its control module is on the side where it can be easily accessed whenever experts are performing water heater repair or inspection activities. The burner generates the heat that warms the water flowing to hot water faucets and appliances in your home. It ignites propane or natural gas that, in turn, produces heat.

Over time, the burner wears down and begins to work inefficiently. When you notice that the water in your shower starts to become lukewarm or takes too long to get hot water in your tap, it’s time to look for a specialist offering water heater maintenance and repairs. The technician will recommend repair or replacement, depending on the damage extent.

The Valves

There are two types of valves in the water heater; the drain valve and the pressure relief valve. The pressure relief valve releases extra pressure and temperature when it builds up inside the tank. The excessive heat and pressure are dangerous to the tank’s safety as they can cause it to explode or burst. This valve is on the top side of your tank.

On the other hand, the drain valve is at the bottom of the tank. Its function is to flush out sediments from the tank. Sediments are a risk to the efficiency of your tank and therefore need to be flushed out regularly. Having a certified technician in your home to conduct regular water heater repair services can help to prevent damage to the water tank and valves.

Exhaust Flue

Using gas to heat water means that other gases are generated during combustion. The exhaust flue eliminates the gases from the water heater chambers. Additionally, the exhaust flue is a heat exchange machine. Regular and prompt water heater repair appointments will ensure the exhaust flue isn’t clogged with sediments that can block it.

The technician you get should offer ideal water heater repair services, ensuring the exhaust flue is vented to the outside environment to prevent the gases from contaminating the water flowing into the faucets in your Bedford, TX, home.


It’s a thermometer and temperature control device on your water heater. Some water heaters have separate thermostats for each component while others have a single one for the whole system. The typical water heater uses a mechanical thermostat normally set to 120 F to prevent scalding the water. The thermostats operate within a certain tolerance to allow the fluctuation of temperatures within a certain range.

The thermostat deregulates to extreme or low temperatures, altering the heat in the water flowing in your faucet, shower, or dishwashing machine. Whenever you notice a drastic change in the temperature of the water that enters your house, it is time to get an expert to offer you water heater repair services. The technician will factory reset the thermostat to the recommended temperature, allowing you to enjoy hot water once again.

Sacrificial Anode

The sacrificial anodes are crucial parts of the water heater. Plumbers install them at the top of the tank, and these components are made of magnesium or aluminum with a steel core. The sacrificial anode is usually suspended in the water tank to slow down corrosion inside the tank. It begins to rust before the inside of the water tank, keeping your water corrosion-free and the water heater in top-notch working condition.

If you notice the smell of rotten eggs in hot water entering your home, it’s time to look for credible plumbers and schedule a water heater repair service with them. There could be a problem with the anode. Don’t attempt to remove the anode by yourself because you could tamper with your whole water heating system.

Contact a Reliable Water Heater Company Near Bedford, TX

Each water heater component has its unique functions and defects. Having known some of these problems, you can easily schedule a water heater repair appointment with a professional from Tioga Contractors to assess and fix your faulty water heater.

Our professionals are skilled at handling water heater repairs, new installations, and maintenance services. Don’t hesitate to call us when you experience water heater issues. We will restore the comfort of using hot water in your home.

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